Super High Roller Bowl Returns To Aria In 2017, And Who’s In So Far

Feb.13, 2017 9:40:AM
    Aria Super High Roller Bowl

After a successful debut in 2015 and growth in 2016, the Poker Central Super High Roller Bowl will be returning to Aria Resort and Casino this year.

The $300,000 buy-in event will take place at Aria from May 28-31. Poker PROductions will once again be on hand to film all of the high-stakes action.

Field will be limited to 50 players, 35 pros

Like last year, this year’s field will once again have a limited number of participants. Last year, the field hit the 49-player limit. The event sold out in a single day.

This year there is one more spot available in the field. What is missing is the $300,000 in added sponsor money to the prize pool in 2016, making the event effectively negative rake.

One new wrinkle will ensure the field will not consist entirely of sharks though. Fifteen of the 50 seats are set aside for Aria to assign to non-professional super high roller players.

The event will once again offer a $15 million prize pool with a $5 million first-place prize. Last year’s winner was Rainer Kempe of Germany. He defeated fellow countryman Fedor Holz heads-up for the top prize.

Who is in the SHRB so far?

The remaining 35 seats were awarded via a lottery. Here is who is in so far:

  • Christian Christner
  • Antonio Esfandiari
  • Igor Kurganov
  • Matt Berkey
  • Connor Drinan
  • Steffen Sontheimer
  • Jake Schindler
  • Pratyush Buddiga
  • Rainer Kempe
  • Sean Winter
  • John Juanda
  • Dominik Nitsche
  • Christoph Vogelsang
  • Stefan Schillhabel
  • Andrew Robl
  • Brian Rast
  • Bryn Kenney
  • Fedor Holz
  • David Peters
  • Jason Les
  • Ben Tollerene
  • Tom Marchese
  • Erik Seidel
  • Sam Soverel
  • Scott Seiver
  • Ankush Mandavia
  • David Einhorn
  • Nick Petrangelo
  • Haralabos Voulgaris
  • Isaac Haxton
  • Andrew Lichtenberger
  • Doug Polk
  • Ben Sulsky
  • Byron Kaverman
  • Koray Aldemir

You can watch the lottery here:

Action will be filmed

Recently Poker Central shifted its focus away from video content and onto social media and written content. The site brought on noted reporter Remko Rinkema among others.

The site remains committed to that shift, but that will not stop them from filming the Super High Roller Bowl. Poker PROductions, run by noted producer Mori Eskandani, will be back to film the action after a successful and innovative production in 2016.

The production aired on CBS Sports last year on a one-hour delay. It featured commentary from former Poker After Dark host Ali Nejad and two-time WSOP bracelet winner Nick Schulman, a favorite among poker live-stream fans. The production company plans to bring back several popular elements from last year along with some new innovations.

“The Super High Roller Bowl is the world championship of high stakes poker,” said Joe Kakaty, president of Poker Central. “Fans can now follow the action live from start to finish.”

Kataky’s statement suggests the event will be available for streaming, but the press release did not have specifics on what site or channel might host the programming. More information about the event should become available closer to the start of the summer.

   
Jessica Welman
Jessica Welman is a poker media veteran, having served as the managing editor for WSOP.com, a tournament reporter for the WPT, and a co-host of a Poker Road podcast. A graduate of USC and Indiana University, she can be found on Twitter @jesswelman.
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